Shin Bet Reportedly Believes Only 40 Hostages Remain Alive

By Yoni Weiss

A man walks past photographs of the Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, in Yerushalayim, Thursday. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Growing apprehension surrounds the plight of hostages held by Hamas, with Israeli intelligence from the Shin Bet suggesting that only 40 out of the initial 133 Israelis may still be alive. This revelation comes amidst increased access to intelligence following the Oct. 7 attack, significantly altering the investigative landscape.

Despite ongoing efforts to secure the hostages’ release, the situation remains precarious, with only 112 individuals returned to Israel through exchanges and IDF operations.

However, negotiations with Hamas pose formidable obstacles, with one security source deeming them a “lost cause.” Yehonatan Sabban of the Hostages and Missing Families Forum underscores the urgency of the situation, stating, “The hostages in Gaza are running out of time.”

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